Bees are flying insects, they are best known for pollination, in the production of honey and beeswax. They are found in every habitat that contain insect-pollinated flowering plants.

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According to new figures released by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) colony losses in the UK stood at 14.5 per cent last winter. That’s a big rise on the 9.6…

Allotments make perfect habitats for bees

Allotments offer the best habitats for bees, according to the results of the first Great British Bee Count. But parks and roadside verges need improving to make them more bee-friendly,…

The National Pollinator Strategy aims to help bees

The plan, unveiled by environment secretary Liz Truss, calls on gardeners to let lawns grow longer, and urges councils to plant wildflowers on roadside verges. It’s aimed at reversing a…

A bumble bee foraging for pollen

Pollinators can unwittingly weaken or kill their broods by gathering low levels of toxins from pollen in plants such as lupins, according to research at the University of Greenwich. Professor…

Bees and neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids, often known as neonics, are chemical ingredients used in some garden and agricultural insecticides. They are systemic, meaning that they’re absorbed into cells throughout a plant – making all…

Suttons is set to launch a new seed range, designed to help Britain’s declining band of pollinators to survive.  New for 2014, Suttons’ Wildlife Sanctuary range will encompass flowers, vegetables and…

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  Michelle shows you how to make a bee hotel for Mason bees Carefully saw a 36 x 4 x 1/2in (105 x 10 x 1.5cm) plank of untreated wood…

Bee numbers are in serious decline (credit: Friends of the Earth)

Gardeners who have been ditching chemicals in a bid to save stricken honey bees may have been wasting their time. In a shock move, the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), which…